Sameera Raziuddin, a 23-year-old, Florida-based woman, has set the record for most expensive drink ever ordered at a Starbucks and now we are writing about it. News!
Previously, the most expensive coffee drink ever ordered from the chain cost $54.75 and included 60 shots of espresso, but Raziuddin — a med student — was able to bring the bill up to $60.58 with the addition of white mocha, hazelnut, soy milk and caramel syrup. The drink was so large that she had to bring her own container and has yet to finish it, probably because slamming 60 shots of espresso would make her heart explode.
"I am still working on the drink and have been sharing it with my friends,' she told The Daily Mail. "As a med student, I know better than to try to consume 60 shots of espresso in one sitting."
Starbucks has not endorsed the drink and has said that a Frappuccino should never come in a container larger than 24 oz., which is still about 24 oz. too many.
In a statement to Consumerist, the company wrote:
With over 170,000 ways to customize beverages at Starbucks, we know that personalization is a big part of the Starbucks Experience for both our customers and our partners (employees), however this particular customization was excessive and something that we do not encourage. We want to ensure our customers receive the highest quality and most delicious tasting food or beverage products from us and, we don't believe that this particular beverage choice was reflective of that.
Per our existing policy, beverages larger than Trenta size (31 oz.) cannot be made or served. This includes personal cups that exceed 31 oz (or a Trenta-sized cup). For blended beverages and espresso drinks, those cannot be made or served in sizes larger than a Venti (24 oz cold cup/20 oz hot cup).
Raziuddin's drink was made with the cooperation of the Pembroke Pines-branch employees. As she told Consumerist, "I asked the baristas if this was okay, and they spoke with the manager who also said it would be fine."
The real triumph of Raziuddin's accomplishment is how she ended up getting the entire disgusting beverage for free with the help help of coupons and very careful planning.
Images via Sameera Raziuddin.